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Rental car tour - Greece

Ancient & modern Greece

Highlights

  • Follow in the footsteps of five UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Delphi, Olympia, Mycenae, Tiryns, Epidaurus

  • Discover the mountains and nature of the Peloponnese

  • Greek wine: Enjoy the best red wines in the Nemea region

  • Hospitality and culinary delights

  • Nafplio: Pure romance in narrow streets under the Venetian Fort Palamidi

Description

Consult the oracle of Delphi, visit the Ancient Olympia, and experience UNESCO World Heritage sites. Experience ever-changing landscapes on your journey: from beautiful mountain ranges to the endless coast and glistening sea. Get to know the culture and people during different tours, including the Greek cuisine as well as Dionysus’s drink of choice. Are you ready to discover surprises at every corner?

Destination

Europe

Athen - Galaxidi - Kalavryta - Olympia - Nafplio

The Fly & Drive car rental round trip from and to Athens will show you the varied facets of Greece. Besides beautiful coastal regions, you will also experience fantastic mountain landscapes and wine-growing areas. The tour includes five UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and thus offers excellent cultural highlights.

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Upon arrival at the airport, your tour guide will greet you! Receive your roadbook, packed with extensive information about your journey, and travel itineraries that you will need for your trip. Then pick up the individually booked rental car and drive north to Galaxidi. Built on a fjord, this village used to be a lake and shipping center until its destruction in 1821. Today it’s a picturesque place with lanes, mansions, and bougainvillea surrounded taverns—a journey into the past for the whole family.

For two nights, the traditional atmosphere of the hotel, the friendly owners, and the traditional Greek breakfast with local and homemade delicacies will make it easy for you to immerse yourself in the Greek world.

Travel time: approx. 147 miles / three hours

Two nights at Hotel Ganimede*** or similar with breakfast in a double room, Galaxidi, Greece

Optional drive to the UNESCO site of Delphi: consult the oracle of Delphi and marvel at this expressive archaeological site. We recommend a rustic lunch in a Greek tavern and a stroll through Galaxidi in the afternoon.

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An almost 2-mile long bridge over the Gulf of Corinth takes you to the "other" side. Welcome to the Peloponnese. You will proceed along the gulf, and then it's time to explore the mountains. Kalavrita is a winter ski resort and a starting point for summer hikes. Go on a hike along the No4 European trail or take the cog railway through the Vouraikos gorge - fun for the entire family. There's still time for relaxation in the sauna or hammam of your hotel!

Travel time: approx. 102 miles / three hours

One night at Hotel Filoxenia & Spa*** or similar with breakfast in a double room, Kalavryta, Greece

Today the program includes a mountain ride! Take your time, stop in the traditional villages, visit a monastery on the way, and enjoy the nature of the mountains. Relax in the afternoon by the hotel pool and discover Olympia’s ancient site, a historical place where you will learn about the famous Olympic origins.

Travel time: approx. 60 miles / two hours

Two nights at Hotel Europa**** or similar with breakfast in a double room, Olympia, Greece

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Today's journey will immerse you in the history of Dionysus. Learn how modern-day wine is made in Greece and listen to stories about the history of Nemea. The Nemea archaeological site is as unknown to many as the Nemea Games. The Panhellenic athletic competitions were held here every two years in honor of the god, Zeus.

Stop at one of the many wineries and try traditional wines during wine tasting experiences (optional).

Travel time: approx. 120 miles / 2.5 hours

Two nights at Hotel Amalia**** or similar with breakfast in a double room, Nafplio, Greece

Choose your adventures today! Stroll through Nafplio and experience the atmosphere of modern Greece's first capital. Climb the 999 steps to Palamidi, the Venetian fortress, or visit the ancient theater of Epidaurus, just a 20-minute drive away. How about a dip in the sea? Swim and sunbathe at the nearby beaches, great for families that want unforgettable memories of a relaxing afternoon.

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Sadly, today is the last leg of your journey. Head out on the highway back toward Athens, where you will board your return flight home. If you still have some time left, we are happy to book an extension in Athens or a late return flight so you can stop at the Corinth Canal.

Alternatively, swim in the Peleponnese or the islands of the Saronic Gulf.

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Travel time: approx. 104 miles / two hours

Ganimede Hotel***, Galaxidi, Greece (2 nights)

This beautiful hotel is a 19th-century house with an idyllic garden and terrace. The Ganimede Hotel nestles itself in a quiet part of Galaxidi, a beautiful ancient city on the Gulf of Corinth. It's only 200 yards away from the harbor and close to the archaeological site of Delphi. Enjoy great hospitality and modern amenities, such as WiFi, air conditioning, heating, a fridge, and a safe. The bathroom has toiletries and a hairdryer. Some rooms even have a kitchenette! Each morning, you can savor an excellent Greek breakfast with local produce served daily from 07:30 AM to 11:00 AM in the courtyard or by the fireplace. Enjoy a wide selection of fresh bread, hearty bacon, cheese snacks, homemade jams, and egg dishes.

Hotel Filoxenia & Spa***, Kalavryta, Greece (1 night)

Located close to the central square of the historic town of Kalavryta, Hotel Filoxenia & Spa offers beautiful mountain views, free WiFi, and easy access to the area's stunning nature and the ski center. Built of stone and wood, it has a lounge with a fireplace, a restaurant, a bar, and a conference room. All rooms have a balcony with city and mountain views, an LCD TV, WiFi, and a bathroom with a bathtub and a hydromassage shower. Guests can enjoy a free sauna, hammam, or hydromassage session daily. The continental breakfast is served every morning in the hotel's dining area.

Hotel Europa Olympia****, Olympia, Greece (2 nights)

Hotel Europa Olympia nestles itself on Drouvas Hill in the ancient Olympia. It offers a 24-hour front desk, three bars (two indoor and one pool bar), a Greek restaurant, and a tavern by the pool. WiFi and parking are free. Hotel Europa is set in the charming landscape of the ancient city of Olympia, overlooking the Arcadia Mountains and the Alfios Valley. The 80 spacious and modern rooms have marble floors and a balcony. Wake up to a lavish breakfast buffet in the breakfast room or your room. Try delicious Greek specialties in the Greek tavern. Take a dip in the beautiful outdoor pool while enjoying a drink by the poolside bar. After a day out, relax in the garden.

Amalia Hotel****, Nafplio, Greece (2 nights)

On the outskirts of historic Nafplion, this neoclassical building offers luxurious rooms with balconies overlooking Palamidi, the sea, or the hotel's lush gardens. Take a refreshing dip in the large swimming pool and enjoy local cuisine at the Mediterranean restaurant. The air-conditioned rooms feature modern décor, an LCD satellite/cable TV, WiFI, soundproof walls, a work desk, and luxury toiletries. The main restaurant, located next to the gardens, serves a replenishing American breakfast buffet and Greek and Mediterranean dishes for lunch or dinner. The poolside bar and restaurant serve coffee, fresh juices, and light snacks. The two bars in the lounge area have a fireplace and live piano music. Amalia Hotel is the perfect starting point for walks through the lively town of Nafplio.

Nevertheless, the accommodation offers a quiet stay. The ruins of ancient Tyrintha are within walking distance. Free private parking is available.

Duration of the trip: 8 Days / 7 Nights

Including

  • 7 nights in the mentioned accommodations or similar:

    • 2 nights at Hotel Ganimede*** with breakfast in a double room, Galaxidi

    • 1 night at Hotel Filoxenia & Spa*** with breakfast in a double room, Kalavryta

    • 2 nights at Hotel Europa**** with breakfast in a double room, Olympia

    • 2 nights at Amalia Hotel**** with breakfast in a double room, Nafplio

  • Greetings at Athens Airport & handover of travel information (roadbook), general information

  • 24/7 emergency service, local tour guide

  • The starting price is valid during the travel period 02.06.20 - 31.10.20

Excluding

  • International flights

  • Meals and drinks that are not included in the scope of services

  • Excursions (visits, admissions, etc.)

  • Tips and personal expenses

  • Rental car

  • Rion Antirion road fee and bridge fee

  • Travel protection

  • Tourist tax (3,-€ per person/night, to be paid on site)

Services & Notes

  • The visits mentioned are suggestions

  • Route order and hotels can be changed

  • Due to the current situation in connection with COVID-19, the hotels in Greece will be closed until April 30th